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Hematoma (cont.)

Hematoma Symptoms in Tissues Other Than the Brain

Hematomas cause irritation and inflammation. Symptoms depend upon their location and whether the size of the hematoma or the associated swelling and inflammation cause nearby structures to be affected. The common symptoms of inflammation include:

  • redness,
  • pain, and
  • swelling.

Hematomas tend to resolve over time.

  • The initial firm texture of the blood clot gradually becomes more spongy and soft as the clot is broken down by the body.
  • The shape changes as the fluid drains away and the hematoma flattens.
  • The color changes from that of a purplish-blue bruise to yellows and browns as the blood clot degrades and the hematoma resolves.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2015

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